C-Suite Insights: Lynn Blake

Lynn Blake, CFA
Executive Vice President & CIO
Global Equity Beta Solutions
State Street Global Advisors

As Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Global Equity Beta Solutions for State Street Global Advisors, Lynn Blake’s list of responsibilities is long and far-reaching. A longtime State Street employee, Blake oversees approximately $1.5 trillion in assets under management, with a team of approximately 75 portfolio managers based in five offices around the world: Boston, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney. Her group is responsible for strategies in the equity space, which includes everything that SSgA does in indexing for institutional clients, i.e., commingled funds, collective vehicles, mutual funds, SPDR ETFs, and separate accounts.

Smart-beta assets are a great source of activity and growth for Blake’s group, whose smart-beta strategies include assets that it manages against third-party indexes as well as its own proprietary strategies developed by Jennifer Bender, research head on Lynn’s leadership team.  Blake also oversees SSgA’s Corporate Governance team, led by Rakhi Kumar, which is responsible for all of SSgA’s asset stewardship and proxy voting. She reports to SSgA’s Global Chief Investment Officer, Richard Lacaille, who is head quartered in London.

We recently sat down to chat about the evolution of her career, including nearly 30 years with SSgA, and her strategies for success. Continue reading

Women CEOs: Good for Returns

Add this to the ever-growing pile of research that female executives are good for business: a study found that companies with women executives outperformed the benchmark index. Further, these companies had 25% annualized returns over time, compared with 11% for the World MSCI Index. Continue reading

The Rise of Impact Investing

Investing that takes into account social, environmental, and governance factors, known as impact investing, ESG, or SRI, is on the rise and may be at a “tipping point,” according to Wharton School of Business. In the last two years, SRI assets have grown 33%, with $25 trillion assets worldwide.
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WE Interviews – Nathalie Molina Niño

Nathalie Molina Niño
Founder & CEO
BRAVA Investments

As the founder and CEO of BRAVA Investments, Nathalie Molina Niño has big dreams; she aspires to build her new company into the Berkshire Hathaway of gender parity by targeting high-growth, scalable businesses that can make a catalytic economic impact on women. I recently sat down with Nathalie to talk about the inspiration behind BRAVA Investments and what it takes to get a new firm up and running.  Continue reading

Decision Making in a World Full of Noise

Today, more than ever, executives have the tools at their fingertips to make informed decisions based on rational data. Further, leaders are more aware of cognitive biases that interfere with good decisions. Yet, the very data that gives us knowledge threatens to overwhelm and business organizations have become more complex and hierarchical—a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. Continue reading